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How Philosophers Saved Myths: Allegorical Interpretation and Classical Mythology Hardcover – December 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0226075358 ISBN-10: 0226075354 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226075354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226075358
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2006 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazine
"In his brilliant and lively book, Brisson follows the history of the link between myth and philosophy all the way up to the Renaissance. This wonderful book confirms Brisson's status as one of the major authorities in the field of classical antiquity. Overall, and with this excellent translation, the book is invaluable."
(Choice 2006-01-01)

About the Author

Luc Brisson is director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France. He is the author of several books including Plato the Mythmaker, published in English by the University of Chicago Press. Catherine Tihanyi, a research associate at Western Washington University, has translated a number of books for the University of Chicago Press, including Adam Biro’s Two Jews on a Train.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wanna-Be Buddha on September 23, 2008
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This is an important work, one that should not be overlooked by a serious scholar of either discipline referenced in its title. But Brisson's erudition is staggering, and unfortunately his text (which is in translation from the French) is correspondingly dense. It becomes an incredible chore to slog through the accounts of each individual philosopher and their personal stance on the significance of myth. In many ways, this book works best as a reference tool, providing helpful outlines of the development of mythological interpretation at various points in first ancient Greek, and later Western European thought. Reading it in one go, however, is a difficult task indeed.
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